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Alumni Update – Jessie Thiessen (Allegheny College)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

CLEVELANDTwo Allegheny student-athletes have been named North Coast Athletic Conference Players of the Week for actionThiessen AC during the week of Oct. 12. Sophomore Jessie Thiessen has been named the NCAC Women's Soccer of the Week, while junior Jimmy Lasher was tabbed the NCAC's Men's Golfer of the Week.


Thiessen, who earns the honor for the third time in her career, helped lead the Gators to a pair of NCAC victories on the week.  


In Tuesday's 2-0 shutout of Oberlin, the sophomore forward scored the game's first goal in the 21st minute, before assisting on Tori Delzer's insurance marker with seven minutes remaining in regulation. Thiessen followed that performance up by racking a career-high three assists in the Gators' 5-0 Homecoming win over Ohio Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon.  


On the season, the Fox Chapel graduate now leads the Gators with 19 points, with six goals and a conference-leading seven assists.  


This marks the second Player of the Week honor bestowed upon a Gator women's soccer player this season, as senior goalie Gabby Curtis earned the laurel on Sept. 29.

 

(photo courtesy of Allegheny College)

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Football: Fox Chapel slips into Class AAAA playoffs

Written by John D'Abruzzo on .

The past few weeks have been pretty exciting for Fox Chapel's football team. The Foxes won three of their last four games, including last week's playoff-clinching 21-0 shutout against Butler.

That victory earned Fox Chapel (4-4, 3-4) fifth place in the Northern Eight Conference as well as the program's first postseason berth since 2011. The Foxes grabbed their playoff spot thanks to conference wins against Seneca Valley, Shaler and Butler. Last week, they outgained Butler in total yardage, 351-138.

Carrington Vaughn, a senior running back, helped the Foxes by rushing for 170 yards and a touchdown against the Golden Tornado. Quarterback Billy Urso added a score by throwing a touchdown pass to Thomas Smith and finished the game completing 9 of 20 passes for 128 yards.

Urso, a senior, has been one of the top quarterbacks in the WPIAL all season. Through eight games, Urso has completed 94 of 180 attempts for 1,293 yards and nine touchdowns. As a junior, Urso threw for 1,651 yards and 16 touchdowns.

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Girls Soccer: North Feature Athlete - Fox Chapel's Taylor Cohen

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Name: Taylor Cohen
High School: Fox Chapel
Grade: 11
Sport: Soccer
Position: Forward

Background: Junior forward Taylor Cohen emerged as one of the top goal scorers in the section this season for Fox Chapel. Playing under first-year coach Pete Torres, Cohen flourished, leading the Foxes to the playoffs and leading the team with 19 goals. She netted the game winner in first-round win against Pine-Richland.

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Girls Soccer: Fox Chapel likely headed for showdown with Seneca Valley

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Fox Chapel was unable to win its section this season like it did last year but after a first-round win against Pine-Richland, the Foxes have a chance to get over a WPIAL quarterfinal hump that tripped them last year. But to reach the WPIAL semifinals, Fox Chapel will have to find a way to play better against No. 1 seed Seneca Valley. The undefeated Warriors will play Hempfield in a first-round game Monday. If Seneca Valley wins, it will set up a rematch with the Foxes from a non-section game played just last week on October 11. In that game Seneca Valley overwhelmed Fox Chapel on its way to a 4-0 win.

"We always start, trying to win the section," Fox Chapel coach Pete Torres said. "Ultimately your success in the playoffs is where you want to put your focus."

Fox Chapel reached the WPIAL quarterfinals for a second consecutive season with a shutout win against Pine-Richland (15-4). The Foxes (15-2-2) got the only scoring it would need from junior forward Taylor Cohen who led the team in scoring during the regular season. Cohen and sophomore midfielder Deena Debaldo form one of the best 1-2 offensive punches in the WPIAL. It was Debaldo who took the corner kick that Cohen collected and put behind the Pine-Richland keeper.

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Golf: Fox Chapel duo qualifies for PIAA final

Written by Joe Koch on .

Fox Chapel Anthony Cordaro, who won the WPIAL Class AAA boys championship earlier this month at Latrobe Country Club, placed second this past Tuesday at the PIAA Class AAA Boys Western Regional at Tom's Run Golf Course in Blairsville with a 2-over-par round of 74.

Cordaro will play in the PIAA Class AAA Boys Championship that begins Monday and concludes Tuesday at York's Heritage Hills Resort. Joining him in the 36-hole event is senior teammate Mike Gerger, who grabbed the final qualifying spot in 12th place with a 9-over-par round of 81.

Cordaro and Gerger were the only North-area golfers to qualify for the state championship event. Hampton sophomore Ben Huber missed the cut by two strokes. Pine-Richland junior Chris Rust was one stroke behind Huber.